Iranian Resistance calls for cancellation of Kharrazi's visit to France

On the eve of the scheduled visit to France by Kamal Kharrazi, the clerical regime's Foreign Minister, the Iranian Resistance strongly condemns shaking hands with the officials of a regime which has acknowledged its own involvement in the assassination of dissidents and opponents. This visit is against the highest interests of the Iranian people.

France is welcoming the Foreign Minister of the medieval velayat-e faqih dictatorship while the latest resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly condemned flagrant violations of human rights in Iran. The UN Human Rights Commission's Special Representative reiterated that the human rights situation in Iran had "slipped backward" in recent months and that discrimination against women had increased both in practice and in law.

More than 310 persons have been executed in public during Khatami's tenure, and eight persons stoned. The regime has admitted that the Intelligence Ministry was involved in the wave of killings of writers and dissidents which began in late 1998.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran urges the Government of France to cancel Kamal Kharrazi's visit and calls on French personalities and advocates of human rights to voice their protest against this visit and all ties between France and the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 29, 1999

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